05/06/2013 04:53 EDT | Updated 07/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Alison Redford, Alberta Premier,Defends Political Attack Speech To Kids While Announcing Schools


EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford is defending her decision to warn young schoolchildren to beware of her political opponents.

Redford, facing criticism from all political parties that she is debasing the office of premier, told the house in question period she won't apologize for reminding people whom they voted for.

Redford was criticized on radio shows and editorials last week for using taxpayer-funded government announcements of new schools to deliver speeches to children warning them that the opposition Wildrose party won't, in her words, build anything.

NDP Leader Brian Mason told Redford it's time to stop using children as political props, adding that only Redford's team could manage to get bad press while announcing new schools.

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith compared Redford to Pinocchio for misrepresenting the Wildrose infrastructure plan and for not telling the schoolkids that they'll be the ones saddled with paying for the new buildings.

Redford replied that her government does have a debt payment plan and that if anyone's nose is growing, it's Danielle Smith's.

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